Price paid: $ 200
Purchased from: Dave Phillips Music and Sound, Phillipburg, NJ
Sound — 8
This guitar diffinately suites my music style, classic rock (Zeppelin, Stones, Who, etc). I often use expander with a crunch and ambience to get a nice fuzzy Zeppelin sound out of it, and it is working wonderflly. Although I have owned the guitar for about a year and a half now, I have just recently within the past few months been really starting to pick up my performance and become a better guitarist. For the settings I have my amp, a Behringer Ultrarocgx110, it is working just fine. Sometimes in the very high notes, however, the wound becomes quite piercing, but I guess that would be expected. I can dive to hellishly low lows, and also wain with piercing highs using the tremelo, and the sound stays clear and precise.
Overall Impression — 8
This is my first electric guitar, and I've been playing for about 1. 5 years, although in the last few months I have been playing the most consistantly. In addition to this guitar, I also own an Ibanez aucustic guitar, and a Behringer amp as I previously mentioned. Rock, blues, and some metal is what I play, and this guitar is for sure a great match. If this guitar were lost or stolen, I would definitely buy it again. I love the ease of play and ability to slide on the neck, and also its broad range of sound. The most annoying thing is the string lock at the top of the neck that was hurting my hand when I rubbed against it. I compaired this guitar to many others including Fenders, Les Pauls, Squires, and even a few other Ibanezs, and this one by far fit me the best. It has nice weight to it, looks are amazing, the action is perfect from the factory, and it just feels good in my hands.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar has caused me some trouble because the input jack keeps on coming loose. The little nut can never be tightened all the way. Also, the components inside the input jack were not properly soldered and I had to take it apart myself and solder the input together correctly. It has been about 3 weeks since I soldered the jack and it hasn't come apart yet, so I guess my soldering job (17 year old) was better than the factory one. Other than the jack, everything else on the guitar seems solid. The strap buttons aren't budging, and the bridge stays on even while whamming the hell outta it with the tremelo (screw on tremelo is deffinitely a plus). I wouldn't know if I should depend on this guitar in a gig, because I myself have never performed with the guitar. As of now, I would have a backup in case the input jack becomes messed up for some reason.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
No buzz from the strings either, the action on mine was set perfect frmo the get-go didn't have to change anything from when it was in the store to my house. From the factory the action was perfect. The top locking mechanism is one thing that is bothersome however. It is made of metal and is sharp in places where your fingers hit it. I had to file down some of the sharp edges so that my fingers didn't get eaten by them. Another annoyance is the volume control being so close to the strings, because sometimes when I make a sweeping strum, my hand will hit the knob. The action, appearance, and ease of playing, however, make up for the minor inconveiniences.
Features — 10
I believe my RG320QS is a 2001 or 2002. It was made in Korea. It features 24 jumbo frets, that can sometimes be a reach for the notes closer to the top of the neck. The neck, a thinnish wizard II, is very smooth and easy to slide your hand up and down the fretboard even sweaty hands like mine are still able to move with ease on on the neckwood, although I am not sure on the type of wood it is made from. The fretboard is maple. The body of mine is a transparentish brown/maroon/black very interesting colors. When you see the guitar from far away it looks black, but as you get closer you can see a tiger stripe like pattern in the dark tones of maroon, brown, and deep red. It has a gloss black finish. The body style is the RG series Ibanez look. Double humbucker pickups with active electronics are featured on this guitar, as well as a Floyd Rose bridge. There is a volume control, tone control, and a 5 way selector lever toggle. The tuner is also an interesting feature of this guitar. At the top of fretboard on the head, there is a locking mechanism that requires an allen wrench to tighten and loosen. At the bridge, there is a locking tuner that also has screws in it to tune the guitar without having to unlock the strings from the head lock. When I bought the guitar, no accessories were included, howevere it was on clearance for an unbeleivable $200, so it was quite a deal. The case, strap, and tremelo had to be bought seperate.